WRESTLING PREVIEW Numbers starting to add up on mats
When the Salisbury wrestling team hits the mat to begin the season, it will be sporting its highest turn out of athletes since head coach Eric Snyder has been at the helm.
In the past, the Falcons have struggled to fill a full roster of wrestlers to legitimately compete on a nightly basis. But heading into the upcoming season, Snyder and the Falcons will be returning everyone from a year ago, as well as adding a few newcomers to the mix.
"Our numbers have improved each year I have been here," said Snyder. "Our numbers are the highest this year than any other year in the past, however, we have two guys out to start the season, and another out for the entire season."
Wes Maron and Trent Stump - who both wrestled for the Falcons last year - are currently nursing injuries but are expected to return at some point during the season. Teddy Denver is recovering from surgery for a separated shoulder and won't return for the Falcons this year.
Senior Anthony Dee - who went 29-6 last season and has finished in fourth placed in the district the past two years - is the unquestionable leader for this inexperienced team. From his spot at 126 pounds, he'll be relied upon heavily to set the cornerstone for the Falcons once again.
"Anthony is definitely the team leader and we are looking for big things from him this year," said Snyder. "The other guys look up to him and his work ethic speaks for itself and rubs off onto the other guys. Anthony worked hard over the summer to make himself better and get to that next level."
Tyler Waterman (170) and Nico Scarcia (120) are also a few of the top returners from a season ago who will look to lead this young team over the course of the next couple of months.
"The coaches are aware that this is still a young and inexperienced group of wrestlers," said Snyder. "We are counting on the experience the guys had last year paying dividends this year. Our goal is still just to get better each day the guys are in the room and step out on the mat."
Zach Adams (106/113), Mason Gannett (195/220) and Peter Samy (285) are all new to the team, but will certainly help round out a roster that will look to improve on last season's 0-8 mark.
Snyder has been impressed with his team's effort, from top to bottom, throughout the summer and offseason in an attempt to improve. They'll hope that hard work pays off, resulting in a few more wins on the mat.
"One thing about the freshman who wrestled on the team last year is that they are hard workers," said Snyder. "Nico Scarcia, Matt Heiserman (132), and Wes Maron (152/160) came to summer workouts, as did Corbin Nesfeder (138/145). Corbin also put a lot of time at other places other than our own workouts. Mason Gannett - who has also never wrestled before - came to the workouts most of the summer."
The Falcons will open up their season against Catasauqua on December 12 at 7 p.m.